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Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

In the land of voodoo and witchcraft, legends and legendary disasters, it’s no wonder New Orleans – and the state of Louisiana, for that matter – is rife with ghost tales. Hotel Monteleone, a 19th-century hotel in the French Quarter, is a hotbed for paranormal activity – and there’s a string of former hotel guests, employees, and the International Society of Paranormal Research that back it up. Cleatter Landry, who works at the concierge desk, insists “our ghosts are friendly.” Time and again, she has witnessed the doors of hotel restaurant Le Café swing open inexplicably, always around 7pm. Investigations by the ISPR captured on film what appeared to be the spirits of a maintenance man and a waiter opening the doors. Former guest Phyllis Paulsen was staying in a suite on floor 14 (actually floor 13) when the ghost of a young boy in a striped shirt walked up to her bed. Various guests have reported a similar encounter with a young boy, and so the story goes that the child is Maurice, the son of Josephine and Jacques Begere who were killed in a buggy accident while staying at the Monteleone in the late 1800s. Aside from the otherwordly happenings at this haunted hotel, the grand dame offers plenty of old-world charm: gilded paneling, chandeliers, and soaring ceilings. But, be forewarned, of its 600 guest rooms and 55 suites, those found on floor 14 (really 13) are where most of the ethereal action occurs. Request a “historic haunts” self-guided iPod tour (free) at check-in for a lay of the lore. Fall rates start from $159/night;


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